Meaning: (of a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect.
Synonym: dirty, filthy, grubby, grimy, mucky,
Antonym: clean, pleasant
Sentence: “the squalid, overcrowded prison”
Meaning: a position counting as a draw, in which a player is not in check but cannot move except into check
Synonym: deadlock, gridlock, halt, logjam
Sentence: “last time I played him it ended up in stalemate”
Meaning: the existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues.
Synonym: normalcy, normality
Antonym: irregularity, uncommonness, unusualness; disorderliness, disruptiveness;
Sentence: “they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo”
Meaning: a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.
Synonym: tolerant, uncomplaining
Antonym: bored, tired, weary; defiant, resistant;
Sentence: “the Stoic philosophers”
Meaning: (of a sound) loud and harsh; grating.
Synonym: harsh, raucous, rough, grating, rasping, jarring,
Antonym: soft, dulcet
Sentence: “his voice had become increasingly strident”
Meaning: extremely impressive.
Synonym: amazing, astounding, astonishing,
Antonym: run-of-the-mill, ordinary, minute, tiny
Sentence: “the most stupendous views”
Meaning: (of regulations, requirements, or conditions) strict, precise, and exacting.
Synonym: strict, firm, rigid, rigorous, severe, harsh,
Antonym: lenient, flexible
Sentence: “stringent guidelines on air pollution”
Meaning: (especially of a man) charming, confident, and elegant.
Synonym: charming, sophisticated, debonair, urbane, worldly
Antonym: unsophisticated, rude
Sentence: “all the waiters were suave and deferential”
Meaning: bored or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something.
Synonym: satiated, sated, surfeited, glutted, cloyed, gorged
Sentence: “meals to tempt the most jaded appetites”
Meaning: special words or expressions used by a profession or group that are difficult for others to understand.
Synonym: specialized language, technical language, slang, vernacular
Sentence: “legal jargon”